PRIME MERIDIAN WINS INAUGURAL DATAW ISLAND CUP SAILBOAT RACE
In ideal conditions, 14 boats raced in the inaugural Dataw Island Cup sailing race Saturday. The 21-mile race -- for monohull, displacement sailboats 18 feet and longer -- started in the Coosaw River near the Brickyards, proceeded down the river to St. Helena Sound and then back up the Morgan River to finish at Dataw Island Marina.
Julian Levine, in his 33-foot Nonsuch catboat Prime Meridian, took first place over Carlos Black's Fifi, an 18-foot Marshall catboat, by less than 100 yards.
George Dewhirst's J22 Two Salty Dogs was third, followed by Dress Blue, a 28-foot Alerion skippered by Mark Schuster.
Frank Pontious was the principle race officer. He was assisted by Jerry Wadley. Roy Crocker was regatta chairman.
Dataw Island Cup
Saturday, Oct. 23
1. Julian Levine, Prime Meridian; 2. Carlos Black, Fifi; 3. George Dewhirst, Two Salty Dogs; 4. Mark Schuster, Dress Blue; 5. Roy Crocker, True Love; 6. Patrick Johnson, Hannah Cole; 7. Bob Underwood, Semper Fi; 8. Errell Steele Dee Gizmo; 9. Art Morrow, Black Shoe; 10. Dick Nalwasky, Blue Jacket; 11. John Mahoney, Adagio; 12. Charlie McLeod, Gratitude; 13. John Myers, Dance Aweigh; 14. Reggie Frazer, Slipaway.